Prime Folio, Inc.

Little River, SC

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My photography clients are nationwide. I have been providing outstanding photographic services for them and their reviews have earned me the honor of being designated a Thumbtack Top Pro, an distinction that goes to less than 3% of Thumbtack professionals. There are two aspects of my work: Drone Video and Photography work, and Architectural and Interior Photography work. Regarding the use of drones, I am FAA Certified under Part 107 to conduct commercial drone operations. Less than 20% of drone pilots are FAA certified. So if you want drone footage that is shot legally and fully insured for liability, then look no further. As for the drone video footage, I provide 4K video, professionally edited on Final Cut Pro X, complete with music soundtrack. Regarding my land-based photography operations, I use state-of-the-art equipment, providing the best image quality possible. Perfect color, no digital noise, no lens distortion. The images are also edited without any short cuts. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, so you can rest assured that your images will look their very best. I take my time in making sure I have the best perspective. I show up to photograph a house when the light is ideal, early morning or late afternoon. This allows me to capture natural lighting when it is most attractive, soft, and warm. I take steps that other photographers don't seem to have time for, such as using tilt-shift lenses to improve composition, perspective, and plane of focus, using a blur Spot Diameter Scale for optimum sharpness and depth of field, and using a laser for measuring distance, and taking up to nine exposures of each shot to maximize detail in shadows and highlights. The bottom line: I am committed to excellence. I derive inner satisfaction from creating the best images possible.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the creative challenges of my work, exploring all the possibilities of every assignment. Creating these type of images is an inner experience. I am filled with deep satisfaction when I can create an image that I know will get an emotional response from the viewer.
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Location

Little River, SC 29566

Background check

Complete

Years in business

7

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

18

Reviews

12 Reviews
  • Michele E. Jun 12, 2017
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Greg was very easy to work with. He understood our needs and met our deadline. His pics are clear, crisp and the product is high quality! He was generous with providing full resolution for print as well as getting us set up with Web ready pics too. If we have a future need in this area, I will definitely reach out!
  • Rebecca E. Apr 3, 2017
    Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Great Product! Great Customer Service!
    Greg Butler did a fantastic job on my photography project! With very little guidance, he was able to make our industrial project look artistic. Greg provided exceptional customer service and was pleasant and upbeat throughout. Reasonable prices too! Thanks Greg!
  • Sharon A. Oct 3, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Great pictures and experience
    It was great working with Greg. He photographed my home for sale in Fayetteville NC. He shot high quality pictures on short notice. He provided quick responses to all questions from the initial contact throughout the process. Would definitely recommend Greg and will work with him again when needed.
  • Allison K. Sep 26, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Real Estate Photography Review
    easy to work with, and the quality of the images was great!
  • Barbara L. Sep 13, 2016
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    Commercial photography
    Prompt service. Good work.
  • Chantel P. Jul 12, 2016
    Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    The photos turned out fantastic. Our marketing is reviewing them, but we are thrilled!
  • Allee M. May 17, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Good work and great attention to detail.
  • Andrew M. May 11, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Great service. Great work. Thanks!
  • Mike M. Mar 17, 2016
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Greg took 30 ground photos of commercial properties for me and it went very well.
  • Lizzie R. Jun 30, 2015
    Real Estate and Architectural Photography
    Verified Review
    I hired Gregory to shoot a Fresh Market-anchored shopping center. He was able to turn around the photos very quickly in order to meet my deadline. The photos turned out great!
  • Helen P. Feb 20, 2013
    My daughter made her First Holy Communion this year and I wanted to have her picture taken. I was so lucky to know Greg Butler. Greg came to our home and took pictures of my daughter and they are absolutely beautiful. I couldn't decide which pose I liked better. I would recommend him to anyone.
  • Christopher O. Feb 11, 2013
    I loved the portraits Greg did of me. I told him I wanted photos that captured the way I felt, and somehow his magic with light, composition, and suggestions of pose captured exactly that. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to have a professional portrait done.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
$1000 per day. This includes meticulous editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I choose a day to photograph their property on which the weather is supposed to be clear, as I want to capture the best light both for the exteriors and the interiors.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, and course study in architectural photography at the Smithsonian Institution and the Los Angeles Photography Center. I have also learned much the the many years of experience photographing hotels, restaurants, and high-end homes.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
in the late 1980s, I saw an exhibition of Ansel Adams work at a museum. It inspired me to get into large format photography, which lends itself well to architectural photography. A short time later, I was hired to photograph the architecture of the campus of the University of Missouri, which led to several hotel photography assignments.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with resorts, architects, commercial and residential builders, realtors, home owners, and vacation rental owners.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I was hired by a builder to photograph a high-end home. He wanted 48 photos. I spent a day shooting and two days editing them. He was so happy with the photos that he shared them with the architect. The architect asked if he could use the photos for an AIA competition for the state of South Carolina. He won first place, which led to more assignments from the architect and the builder.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look at their portfolio. Check that their vertical lines are vertical, that the highlights from the windows are not blown out, that shadows are not pure black, and that the color temperature is balanced between the outside and indoor light. Look for sharp images, and images that contain a lot of depth-of-field. Look to see if you get an emotional response from the photographs, as that is what you want the viewer to have.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Ask if they can photograph in the early morning light, or late afternoon light. Let the photographer know when the best light comes into the main rooms of the house. Ask if they can do part of the house in the early morning, and the rest in the late afternoon, as mid-day light does nothing to enhance the aesthetics of a home.